Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. For more about this section, see:


Oregon universities form center to boost state cybersecurity (KOIN)

The center, made up of cybersecurity experts from Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, will act as an advisory body to the governor and the state legislature.

SnoPlanks founders donate company to OSU-Cascades (Portland Inno)

Oregon State University students will soon be able to experience running a company through a program that puts a real outdoors sports business in their hands.

Trump legal problems abound as first test of 2024 presidential campaign nears in Iowa (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

“These early states can have some surprises,” Christopher Stout, a political scientist at Oregon State University, said. “Haley could win or someone could surprise Trump in Iowa or New Hampshire and change the framing.”

Wanted: live giant Pacific octopus (Newport News-Times)

Oregon State University’s marine science research and education center seeks live giant Pacific octopus donations. Those who catch an octopus while fishing are asked to donate their octopus to Hatfield for exhibit. Those wishing to donate are required to hold a current state of Oregon-issued shellfish license.

Today's photo

Furman Hall: Randy Bell, associate dean with the College of Education, took this photo in late fall. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Fine-tuning your Canvas course site to support student learning? Week 1 is an ideal time to check that you’ve got the basics covered. The Canvas Course Checklist will help you simplify your course navigation menu, organize weekly modules, align the gradebook with your syllabus and improve accessibility.


Research Lecture: Join the College of Education on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 9, when Jenni Conrad, assistant professor of social studies and teacher education, presents “Teacher Learning with Native Sovereignty Curriculum: Grandmother Cedar as Model for Educators in Coast Salish Communities.”

Gearing Up for Gardening: "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys—Native Plants and Invasives," Michael Ahr and Sara Roberts, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Join us at noon Jan. 9. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

Nostalgia: A solo exhibition by Iván Carmona. Iván Carmona’s ceramic work exists in a long lineage of abstracted, modernist sculpture that taps into a deep well or nostalgia and indirect association. Inspired by Puerto Rican landscapes, Carmona sifts his own intimate memories through distinct shapes, colors and textures to give physicality to the immaterial. Carmona’s work will be on display from Jan. 8 to Feb. 8 in Fairbanks Hall. An opening reception and artist talk will occur from 4-7 p.m., Jan. 9.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 5:30-7 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.


NEW! OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 11, MU 221. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected] with the Family Resource Center.

NEW! OSULP Seminar: Please join us for the next event in our Classified Staff Association (CSA) and Library Faculty Association (LFA) Seminar Series from 2-3 p.m., Jan. 11, Willamette East Classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis or via Zoom (contact us for link) Curious about librarians' sabbaticals? Each one is different. Join associate professor faculty librarians Kelly McElroy and Jane Nichols to hear their unique experiences involving travel, research, service and professional development.

NEW! Employee Appreciation Night: The Office of University Human Resources and the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts invite you to Employee Appreciation Night, Sunday, April 21. This is a family-friendly event and employees can purchase tickets for a reduced price of only $5. Plan to arrive at 6 p.m. to enjoy employee appreciation activities such as a scavenger hunt around the new building and a fun photobooth. There will also be complimentary beverages and desserts available in a designated OSU employees-only reception room. The Derina Harvey Band, a Canadian Celtic rock sensation, will perform at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Buy your tickets here.

The Little Gallery Presents: Afghanistan Before the Wars - Photography by Mark Svendsen. The narrative for this exhibit is to acquaint Oregonians with the native beauty of Afghanistan and the universal humanity of its people, and to impart a sense of what life there was like when the country was at peace half a century ago. The exhibit will run Jan. 9-Feb. 16 in The Little Gallery of Kidder Hall. Free and open to all.

Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show: Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show. Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuous plein air painting group in the state of Oregon. Come celebrate their 34 years of painting outdoors. The exhibition runs from Jan. 3-Feb. 29. Reception is from 5-7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 in the Giustina Gallery. Learn more about Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show including gallery hours.

Day of service: The Dr. MLK Day of Service will take place on Jan. 13. This event is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through volunteer service. A light breakfast, snacks and hot lunch will be provided to participants. Check-in and meals will be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page for details. Community Engagement & Leadership will provide transportation to and from service projects. Register here:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration: Registrations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Peace Breakfast and Keynote are now open. The annual Peace Breakfast is at 9 a.m. Jan. 15. The keynote featuring Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is at 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Here is a full list of events. 

Careers in the semiconductor industry: Listen to professionals in the industry talk about their roles and find out how to prepare for jobs in the semiconductor industry. All majors welcome. Swag and giveaways included. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 18, MU Ballroom. Attendance is free, but registration is required:

President’s Winter Celebration: The stars will align to bring together President Jayathi Murthy, the OSU Board of Trustees and the entire university community to celebrate the start of winter term. Chat with President Murthy and the trustees while enjoying a variety of beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the OSU Food Pantry. 4:30-6 p.m., Jan. 18, MU Lounge. Remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Language socialThe World Languages and Cultures program in the School of Language, Culture, and Society invites you to Language and Beyond Social from 2-4 p.m., Jan. 24 in Kidder Hall 210. Learn about language programs and career opportunities, connect with fellow students, meet language and culture faculty and enjoy conchas (Mexican sweet bread).

AI Coffee Klatch in the Valley Library: Join co-hosts Laurie Bridges and Olga Blomgren for a conversation about "Unmasking AI" by Joy Buolamwini. 2 p.m., Jan. 26. Registration is required.

Second Annual Big Blue Film Fest, Jan. 26-27, Newport: This year's film festival features 27 ocean-themed films at the confluence of marine science, humanities and the arts. The festival has expanded to two locations: the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Go here to find the schedule, locations and summaries of each film. There are a variety of ticket options and pricing for adults and students.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! How Does History Matter for Left Politics (teach-in): How might history be a source of inertia when considering new approaches to left politics today? How might we approach the legacy of the left in a way that might educate and warn, but not spellbind and enthrall us? Join us for a teach-in and discussion. For accommodations or for more information contact [email protected]. The event is from 6-8 p.m., Jan. 10, Room 111 Strand Hall.

NEW! Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau. Join OSU faculty leaders Brian Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences this summer for a 4-credit, two-week program in Palau to study natural resource management, food security, and sustainability from June 18-July 23. Info session this week: 6 p.m., Jan. 10 via Zoom and again on Jan. 24 or Feb. 5. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Elder Care ConnectionsJoin us for monthly lunch-hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support your loved ones and yourself. Connect with other OSU community members providing care for a loved one. This month’s presentation: “Fitness At Any Age” with Mike Waters of Fitness Over 50. Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 11. For Zoom meeting link and for accommodations, please email: [email protected].

NEW! Mindful Restart: 30 Day Challenge. Start 2024 learning and practicing mindfulness with a supportive cohort and all-inclusive package including a four-week Mindfulness 101 series, 1:1 mentorship, online and in-person practice opportunities and more. $150 for full package; $65 for online only. Free for the first 20 OSU students. Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at Marigold. Contact: [email protected].

Adult & Higher Education doctoral information session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program: noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 10. RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program: Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting Jan. 10 at the Marigold Center. MSC is an empirically supported method that improves mood, relationships, resilience and reduces harsh self-criticism. Registration is open and the cost is $400 for educators; $450 for the public. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Contact with questions.

DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: "Train the Trainer." Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools into their work. 9-10:30 a.m., Jan. 11, MU Room 208. Registration required.

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting another onboarding forum via Zoom for employees of color on Jan. 12. We are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. The forum is from 9-10 a.m. on Jan. 12 and registration is required. If you are unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Oregon State University – Cascades’ Science Pub series continues on Jan. 16 with “The Roller Coaster of Hemp in Oregon,” a talk on the history of the hemp industry in Oregon from its legalization in 2018 to today. Presenter Gordon Jones is an agronomist with the OSU Extension Service. The Science Pub will take place from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in the Charles McGrath Family Atrium in Edward J. Ray Hall at OSU-Cascades. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking and dining, with the presentation to follow at 6 p.m.

Difficult Conversations: "The University’s Role in Restoring Civic Dialogue," with Robert George and Cornel West. Join us on Jan. 22 for a special event with Robert George and Cornel West. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Business, this timely conversation will address the urgent need for universities to lead the way in reviving the art of civil discourse in a society increasingly characterized by division and confrontation. 7 p.m., Austin Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Register here for the free, public event.  

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Exploring Emerging Generative AI Tools for Scholarly Writing: Learn about and explore emerging generative AI tools. Participants will gain familiarity with tools that promise to support the scholarly research and writing process. 2-2:50 p.m., Feb. 22. Online only:

Getting a Dam Job: Need help creating a resume, cover letter or government application that stands out? Wondering how to gain experience in your dream field when you’re already working a full-time job? Come network, learn and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Winter 2024 Getting a Dam Job workshops. Corvallis campus and Ecampus students in all majors are welcome; all workshops are offered in virtual or hybrid formats. Sign up for the events you’re most interested in here:

Take Note

NEW! BennyBuy: Purchases through the BennyBuy punch-out catalogs for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Bluum (Troxell) are now limited to $25,000 and below. This change was due to the cooperative contracts supporting these punch-out catalogs no longer meeting OSU’s competitive requirements. For more information see "Announcements" at

NEW! Science Fiction Writing Contest: Imagine a city of the future that has developed resilience to the threat of emerging diseases. Would you like to tell its story? The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Jan. 31. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

NEW! Honors College Colloquium proposal deadline approaching: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2024-2025. Details and proposal form available at Questions: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

NEW! GIS Campus Construction Map Launch: A new OSU Corvallis  Campus Construction Map launched in early December 2023, thanks to a successful joint effort between DFA IT, University Land Use Planning and Space Management. The new construction map leverages GIS technology to illustrate the scope of construction work happening across campus and displays current, future and recently completed projects. The map also provides a short description of each project and links to further information. 

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Tory Hagen, Rumbel Endowed Chair and Professor, for being inducted into the 25 Year Club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Faculty fellowship: The L.L. Stewart Faculty Fellowship offers OSU science and engineering faculty an opportunity to engage in collaborative inquiry alongside a professional artist. For up to two years, faculty and artists will partner on curiosity-driven exploration of questions central to their shared interests. Fellows will partner with PRAx and receive up to $15,000 per year to support the artistic collaboration. Applications due Feb 5.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to free online safety training from SAIF. For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Faculty Classroom Emergency Guide: OSU Public Safety and the Office of the Provost have created an emergency response guide for faculty and instructional leaders to reference if a campus emergency occurs during instruction. A quick reference sheet will be distributed to all classrooms and the full guide is available at:

Learn about Lyra: Is your team or department interested in learning more about the new mental health benefits available through Lyra Health? Christina Schaaf, work life coordinator, is available for 20-minute presentations on Lyra Health during your team or department meeting. Contact [email protected] to set up a session.

Happy New Year from the Alumni Association: Benny & Bernice team up with zoo beavers to wish you a happy New Year. No matter where you are, hang that Oregon State University flag high. Beavers UNITE. Thank you for your support and engagement in 2023, and happy New Year from your friends at the OSU Alumni Association. Watch Benny and Bernice spread OSU spirit with another adorable pair of celebrity beavers as we get ready for the ‘dam’ great year ahead.

Retirement Benefits – New Year, New Goals: Let Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) representatives help you set and reach retirement savings goals for 2024. Learn how to make the most of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans that are offered by OSU. Personalized one-on-one consultations are available at no additional cost to OSU employees (student employees do not qualify for this service). Virtual and in-person on-campus appointment available now. Fidelity representative: Justin Blatny; schedule at (Employer Name = Oregon Public Universities). TIAA representative: AJ Martinez, CFP; schedule at OSGP(Voya) representative: Charles Yu; schedule at

Funding opportunity: MSI Advancement Award. The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) invites proposals to advance marine and coastal studies. This opportunity is possible because of generous private contributions. Our program strives to create a healthy future for the ocean and the planet through interdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem-solving. We anticipate being able to fund several projects with awards of up to $5,000 each. Proposals due Jan. 19. For more information, visit our website. For questions, email [email protected]


"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." ~ Stephanie Simpson

Corvallis: Rain and breezy today, high of 43, low of 34. Rain and snow tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 40, low of 24. Snow likely Wednesday.

Newport: Rain and windy today, high of 49, low of 40. Showers and windy tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: